Bellini’s at the Bellagio

We are sat in Trader Vic's, which is on the strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) in Las Vegas and we are drinking cocktails before dinner. Leigh is currently having a trader Vic's Stinky and I am waiting for my Zombie.
So Leigh says that they do Bellinis at the Belagio which we last had at the very famous Harry's Bar in Venice where the drink is supposed to have originated.
Now all I can do is think about Venice and the wonderful artwork and how the rather clean and fresh Venitian here doesn't even compare to it.
Anyway Leogh thought that Bellinis at the Bellagio would make a great blog title and I Agreed. So now I am beating her to the post (as one would have it).
Of course the greatest crime here, and one which the Wicked Witch of Vegas just informed Leigh I have committed is texting this to my blog instead of looking at my wife. She is correct of course. Pity she was so rude with it.

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Bellini’s at the Bellagio

We are sat in Trader Vic's, which is on the strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) in Las Vegas and we are drinking cocktails before dinner. Leigh is currently having a trader Vic's Stinky and I am waiting for my Zombie.
So Leigh says that they do Bellinis at the Belagio which we last had at the very famous Harry's Bar in Venice where the drink is supposed to have originated.
Now all I can do is think about Venice and the wonderful artwork and how the rather clean and fresh Venitian here doesn't even compare to it.
Anyway Leogh thought that Bellinis at the Bellagio would make a great blog title and I Agreed. So now I am beating her to the post (as one would have it).
Of course the greatest crime here, and one which the Wicked Witch of Vegas just informed Leigh I have committed is texting this to my blog instead of looking at my wife. She is correct of course. Pity she was so rude with it.

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It’s been a while…

This is my first post for a while, there was a period where I didn't really want to blog, in fact I didn't want to do anything much at all…I was quite sad.
What was I sad about, well things. To be honest I am still not at a point where I can converse in a public space with how I felt and what was happening…but I am back and resolved to post more than I have in the past if I can.

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Books in the last third of the year

I had a much longer post here detailing these books and what I felt about them but the interface decided to be silly and I lost my edit so in disgust there is just a list, sorry. These are the books I read between September and December, they were all great 🙂

Dark Force Rising (Spectra) Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy)


Star Wars: Heir to the Empire
Star Wars: Dark Force Rising


Guards Guards

Absolute Sandman: v. 2 Absolute Sandman: v. 3


Absolute Sandman Vol I, II and III

Watchmen
Alan Moore


Watchmen Graphic Novel


The Return of Sherlock Holmes


Lucifer 2: Children and Monsters

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25th October

Up early to catch the train to go to London, well Milton Keynes actually where Malcolm will be picking us up to go to Harpenden to visit and attend his daughter's christening where I am a Godparent. Never very bright in the mornings (like so much of the rest of the time to be honest) and my erratic sentence structure style, so variable at the best of times, completely falls apart as thoughts juggle for room in an already compressed space.
Random news report indicated that many of the breed of recent quad bikes and other utility/recreational vehicles are sold without proper safety instruction or in fact training of any type. There has been a spat of deaths arising from people driving them unsafely.
As usual my dark sarcastic side beat my compassion to my mouth and mind and I was more concerned that we should be focusing our collective emotion on more worthy causes than people who think that bombing around at high speed without safety equipment and proper training is fun and safe.
Clearly it isn't.
Part of me is worried for very young children who take little notice of their own welfare and safety, which is why we should have responsible parenting. The rest of me thinks we should set up special areas for the people who care little of their own safety and the welfare of others, we could set up special cliff zones called extreme ride parks and let them ride off them. Fast, quick and clean. Just dig a big hole at the bottom so they can bury themselves in it, we can cover it over when it's full and move onto a new site.
Okay so maybe a little too dark.
A lot of me is thinking that some of this is a Social Darwinism at work. People who live in a safe society like ours are now subject to ignoring their own safety and that of others. We live in a sheltered world where the need to think about your own safety and that of those around you is reduced by sensible safety measures, legislation and good health care. I feel convinced that to some this means they can disengage that part of their brain that tells them riding at eighty miles an hour along a muddy track with no helmet on and waving at your mates is unsafe.
So do we mourn these people or do we give them a much greater rush and fire them out of a canon and into a wall that's five feet away.
Well onto the train on time. Managed to grab a table seat opposite a couple, that has a working power outlet so the lapcat has juice, always preferable. The woman opposite spots the stickers on lapcatty's shell and asks "should I be worried about that?" to the sticker that says "I'm not normal". I grin at her and mumble, "not necessarily" and point to the "Kill all Humans" sticker. This one doesn't seem to phase her and she politely asked "do we get to choose who?" I found it too amusing that she was more worried about me not being normal as opposed to killing to point out that she and I were both inclusive to the 'all' part of the statement. Must get new sticker, that replaces this with "kill most humans, vote here :)".

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NANOWRIMO 2008

Yep, it's back nanowrimo has returned in its 10th Anniversary year and I am sure it will be bigger and better than usual. Also, as usual i will be silly busy that month with parties to attend, write-ins, the usual ammount of $work and the fact that I am the organiser of the London Perl Workshop 2008 which is at the end of November.

-sigh-

Anyway Nan Knows Rhino, w00t….

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ooks June-August

So the book list for June and August started with a mini-series and their inspiration. I read Wicked, Son of a Witch and the Wizard of OZ…

Son of a Witch (Wicked Years 2) The Wizard of Oz Wicked (Wicked Years 1)

I enjoyed all three of these books, it was a bit strange reading the Wizard of OZ after being immersed in a modern re-imaging (crappy term I know but there you go) of the story, but  could see where he took his inspiration and how he twisted the tale he told from that book and using the imagery presented in the very popular film. i highly recommend all of these books and it makes a good preview to the fact that I intend to see Wicked the musical when i am in London in November.

After fantasy worlds I returned to the worlds of Sci fi and finished The Prefect and Pushing Ice by Alistair Reynolds. I have a big fondness for Reynolds writing now, I am particularly fond of big ideas and wide scope sci-fi (space operatics in fact) and he manages to write in this area with style and gusto.

The Prefect (Gollancz S.F.)
Alastair Reynolds

Pushing Ice (Gollancz S.F.)
Alastair Reynolds

I also finished the Graphic Novel sequence Y:The Last Man. This series pretty much came to a near end in Vol. 9 and 10 held few surprises for me, the writers still managed to twist what you expected to happen and delivered a very satisfactory epilogue that neatly rounded off the story.

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